Werth’s homer stretches Nationals’ lead

There have still been times this month where Jayson Werth has looked off at the plate, but by and large, he’s heading in the right direction. After singling in the ninth inning of the Nationals’ win over the Phillies yesterday, he started his night tonight with a double and a run in the second inning.

And in the fourth inning, Werth hit one of his biggest blasts of the year.

He hit a 1-1 fastball from Joe Saunders out to right, the shot leaving the park fast enough that Werth had time to stop and watch it go. The three-run homer gave the Nationals a 4-0 lead over the Diamondbacks, and they are up 4-1 in the seventh.

Werth is now hitting .267 this month with three homers and seven RBIs. Those numbers still aren’t close to what the Nationals expected, but considering he’s a career .265 hitter, they’re getting more respectable.

Ross Detwiler threw six shutout innings, escaping a bases-loaded jam with a ground ball in the sixth after manager Davey Johnson came out to talk to him. But he gave up a two-out homer to Henry Blanco in the seventh, and he’ll come out in favor of Henry Rodriguez. It’s been another impressive night for the left-hander, but he couldn’t end it with a shutout intact.